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Cycling stars hit Warrington
2:00pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
OLYMPIC champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins along with World Champion Mark Cavendish will ride through Warrington on Monday.
The pair are due to compete in the Tour of Britain which starts on Sunday and comes through Lymm and Culcheth as part of a 177km second stage of the race.
They will travel through Lymm along Burford Lane and over the Warburton Bridge from around 12.34pm before heading into Culcheth village via Hollins Green and Glazebrook around 1pm.
Riders will contest an intermediate Yodel Sprint in Culcheth, outside Culcheth Community Primary School, where they will do battle for points towards the Yodel Sprints Jersey and bonus seconds for the overall classification. That is due to take place around 1.10pm according to organisers.
Clr Linda Dirir, executive board member for highways, transportation and climate change, said: “It is fantastic news that the Tour of Britain will be coming through Culcheth especially as interest in cycling has certainly soared in the past few weeks.
“I am hopeful that all these amazing events combined will encourage more people to cycle either for fun or take it up as a sport.”
Andy Hawes, route and technical manager of The Tour of Britain said: “Stage two is a fantastic chance for residents of Culcheth and surrounding areas to see some of the world’s top cyclists, who they will normally only see on television, in action.”
It is going to be the first time that the race has been shown like on TV, with ITV 4 showing one hour live each day.
In addition to previous hour long daily highlights of the event, British fans can now look forward to watching two hours of live action for each stage of the tour.
Coverage starts on Sunday as stage one gets under way from Ipswich to Norfolk Showground, giving cycling fans a chance to see more action than previous years.
The cyclists pass through Warrington on Monday as the tours second stage takes us from Nottingham to Knowsley.